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Sale 81: The Sescal Sale

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State Postmarks - New Mexico to Pennsylvania

Lots 110-119 Lots 120-129 Lots 130-132

Lot 110    

"Canoncito N Mx, Nov 24/79" (Sante Fe), manuscript postmark and cross-hatch canceling 1¢ postal card to Waterbury Conn., Nov., partial arrival cds, message datelined Conocito Nov. 22nd reads "…Arrived here Wednesday after a long and tiresome journey…", Very Fine and unlisted manuscript town postmark, Helbock R9.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Lot 111    

"Chico Springs, N.M. Aug. 16th", blue manuscript postmark and matching ms. "3/11" cancels 3¢ green (158), on 1877 cover to Chester Vt., original enclosure datelined "Woodruff Ranch, Colfax Co., N.M., Aug. 13th 77", Fine and rare, One of only 2 Recorded Manuscript Type 1 Postmarks. Todsen R8.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

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Realized: $250

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Lot 112    

Cimarron, New Mexico, Aug 28, 1868, double-circle datestamp with matching fancy geometric cancel ties 15¢ black (77) to Leipzig, Germany, red "New York Paid All, Br. Transit, Sep 3" exchange cds, red Verviers Coeln Franco (8.22) transit, partial arrival backstamp; flap missing, some tone spots, F.-V.F. and scarce territorial transatlantic use, Todsen R7.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Realized: $375

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Lot 113    

"Doña Ana N.M., Oct 7" (Doña Ana), manuscript postmark on 3¢ red Nesbitt buff entire to Commerce Tenn., manuscript "fowded from Monroe Ten, 3" rating; small top edge faults and partial flap, Fine and rare, One of only 3 recorded examples of the Type 1 Manuscript Postmark. Todsen R9.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The small but historic town of Doña Ana was founded in the Reconquest Period in the late 1600s. The site was abandoned for most of the 1700s, and then re-colonized in 1839 when the Governor of Chihuahua granted a land grant to 117 Mexican citizens. Located on a bend in the Rio Grande River, it was one of the oldest settlements in the area.

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Realized: $160

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Lot 114    

"Flora Vista N. Mex, Apl 27/79" (San Juan), manuscript postmark and matching ms. "X" on light blue cover to Albion Iowa; top edge flaws, Fine and unique example of the type 1 postmark, Helbock R8, ex-Welch.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The Flora Vista post office opened in 1878 and operated until 1883 with two names, then in 1884, the post office changed names to an improved single-name of Floravista.

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Lot 115    

(Fort Sumner, N.M.), inbound cover bearing 3¢ rose (65) tied by blue "Cincinnati. O. Jun 27" duplex to Dr. Geo. S. Courtright, Asst. Surgeon U.S.V., Fort Sumner, New Mexico, endorsed "Via Ft. Union" at bottom left, docketed as received "July 23rd/64" at top left; some aging at bottom, Fine and scarce inbound use.
Estimate    $150 - 200.

In March of 1863, the legendary Kit Carson first moved subjugated Mescalero Indians to Bosque Redondo, where a new reservation and outpost was being established near the Pecos River - the first incarnation of Fort Sumner. The summer, fall and winter, Carson campaigned relentlessly against the stronger Navajos. By the summer of 1864, Carson's scorched-earth campaign had led to almost 8,000 defeated Navajos surrendering at Fort Defiance and Fort Wingate. Gen. Carleton ordered these bands forcibly escorted in the summer of 1864 to the newly established Fort Sumner. Dr. George Courtright was part of the new garrison troops sent to Fort Sumner from Fort Union.

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Realized: $130

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Lot 116    

"Fort Union N.M., Apl 12/64", manuscript postmark on light buff cover bearing 2¢ black (73) horizontal pair tied by manuscript "X" cancels to Lebanon, O. from the M. Cornelia Stevens correspondence, May 2nd receipt docketing at left; address mostly faded yet discernible, otherwise Very Fine, otherwise Very Fine, ex Fosdyke-Ray; with 2009 P.F. certificate.
Estimate    $750 - 1,000.

A RARE NEW MEXICO TERRITORIAL USAGE OF THE 2¢ BLACK JACK ISSUE.

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Realized: $525

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Lot 117    

(Fort Union, N.M.) "Frd. 5", manuscript rating applied on cover to Dr. Thomas A. McParlin U.S.A. at Fort Union, New Mexico, forwarded back to Annapolis Md., mailed with 3¢ brownish carmine (11A) four margins, tied by multiple circular grid cancels, matching "Annapolis Md., 3 May" cds, sender's endorsement "Via Independence, Missouri"; minor erosion in address, F.-V.F., an interesting forwarded usage from Annapolis on the Sante Fe trail to Fort Union and back to Annapolis.
Estimate    $300 - 400.

The Shipley collection had a similar forwarded use from Annapolis to Fort Union with a manuscript postmark and forwarding rating.

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Lot 118    

Fort Union, N. Mex. Sep, blue indistinct type 4 cds ties 3¢ dull red (26) on orange cover endorsed "Dr. Charles H. Alden, Camp near Ft. Union New Mexico, Sept. 19th 1861" at left, fresh and Very Fine.
Estimate    $200 - 300.

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Lot 119    

"Fort Webster, N Mexico", military endorsement by "Assist. Surgeon, T.C. Henry U.S.A., Fort Webster, N. Mexico" on circa 1852 buff cover bearing 3¢ brownish carmine (11), margins to slightly in, tied by clear "Sante Fe, N. Mex. Jul 1" cds to Ballston Centre, N.Y., Very Fine and rare use from Fort Webster, ex-Longfellow, Shipley.
Estimate    $400 - 600.

Fort Webster was established in Oct. 1851, occupying a Mexican fort built in 1834 by Francisco Elguea to protect the Santa Rita copper mines. It was abandoned in 1853 and its troops transferred to Fort Thorn. This is the only known cover to or from Fort Webster. It is believed the cover was originally sent out-of-mails to Henry, and then re-used by him; by not crossing out the first address, it served as an effective return address.

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Realized: $350

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